Sunday I’ve spent an hour taking images with two lenses, the always manual focus Nikon 85/1.4 AI-S and the Tokina 11-16/2.8, normally an autofocus lens, but on the Olympus a manual lens as well.
Using these lenses is a slow process. First I have to open the aperture to its widest, focus using the manual focus zoom (which is very precise), and then I stop the lens down to where I want to use it, switch back from zoom, compose and make the exposure.
Interestingly enough I enjoyed it with the 85/1.4 and found it needlessly tedious with the 11-16/2.8. Why?
The answer may be, that the 85/1.4 always was a challenge to focus precisely. It also gives me a unique look that I can’t reproduce with, say, the LX5. The 11-16/2.8 on the other hand hardly offers anything that I couldn’t have from the D300 or the LX5, only much more tedious. It’s really easier to focus than the 85/1.4, but I don’t gain anything by using it. It seems my manual focus venture takes an unexpected route 🙂